bee

bee

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Get your pop on! Catchy pop-rock melodies with soul: think David Gray, The Killers, and Oasis, all rolled into something you'd love as your personal soundtrack on a summer day.

Biography

If you love Smashmouth, Nickelback, or Rollins Band, this is not the band for you. But if you can get into the soulful mega-hooks of David Gray, The Killers, or Oasis, then you should be into bee.
bee is a new pop band with a set of sinfully catchy melodies.

bee is the brainchild of songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Markos, who has built a significant reputation with solo records and performances, including opening for Bob Dylan, Curve, Melissa Etheridge, Todd Rundgren, Roger McGuinn, The The, the Violent Femmes, 10,000 Maniacs, and many others.

bee features a powerful lineup: drummer Todd Sucherman (Brian Wilson, Styx), bassist Eddie Carlson (Poi Dog Pondering), and backing vocalist Kathy Jo Warden. Guest appearances are also made by Mike Zelenko (Material Issue), Howie Kantoff (Poster Children), Mark Schwarz (David Singer & the Sweet Science), and Matthew Payne (Hot Glue Gun).

bee is a showcase for what Markos calls “magic pop.” Not beholden to trends or formats, bee capitalizes on strong, hooky melodies and concentrated pop-rock arrangements. The songwriting and sound have been compared to the most respected work of David Gray, Pete Townshend, and Oasis.
Leader Nicholas Markos has also played with English chanteuse Cath Carroll (Factory, Teenbeat), Last Gentlemen (Zoo), and other artists. Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune calls him “one of Chicago’s most promising performers,” and Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times said of his most recent work, “A slave to no genre, the ridiculously prolific Nicholas Markos brings to mind a hipper underground version of David Gray. He could be dangerous.”

The appearance of Mike Zelenko on two tracks on "Break Through Overground" had its start in the spring of 1996, when Markos did a couple of audition jam sessions with Zelenko and Material Issue bandmate Jim Ellison, as part of a spin-off project that the two from Material Issue were creating. Nicholas knew Jim from the Chicago music scene, and their common musical language was on display from the moment Nicholas plugged in and hammered out the intro to The Who’s “Substitute”—Zelenko and Ellison joined right in, and there was a palpable musical chemistry. The group also played a number of songs that eventually landed on the posthumous Material Issue release Telecommando Americano. Ellison’s tragic death ended the potential collaboration at the time, but Markos and Zelenko saw each other from time to time, and they ran into each other during the making of Break Through Overground, when Nicholas invited Mike to a session that yielded “Birdy Deluxe Superstar” and “Disappear.” Zelenko’s muscular, song-centric pop drumming provides just the right feel for those tracks, propelling the hook of “Birdy Deluxe Superstar” and provided the solid backbone of the majestic lament of “Disappear.”

Lyrics

Disappear

Written By: Nicholas Markos

There are things that you can see
And things that you conceive in your mind
There are things that you believe
And things that you should leave behind

I can’t run away
But I can’t stay this way

When I disappear
You won’t shed a tear
That’s why I’m crying now
And why I’m leaving here

There are things that need to change
It’s going to come with pain, but it’s all right
There’s a storm inside my head over what I’ve left unsaid
It’s a fight

I can’t run away
But I can’t stay this way

When I disappear
You won’t shed a tear
That’s why I’m crying now
And why I’m leaving here

Any day now, I’ll be gone

Oh Yeah Come On Take it Easy Baby It's Alright

Written By: Nicholas Markos

Did you think that it couldn’t happen
Right here, to you
Now you’re that somebody else
And it’s so real, you can’t believe it’s true

In the half-light of your shadow past
You will find it hiding
Through the seasons never meant to last
You will feel it
Believe it

Now the plans you made have blown away
Like so many grains of sand
Here you are with the dues you’ve paid
And you start again from scratch

In the half-light of your shadow past
You will find it hiding
Through the seasons never meant to last
You will feel it
Believe it

Oh yeah, come on, take it easy, baby, it’s alright

We can take our time
We’ve got mountains yet to climb
And all the things you thought would stop you
You step right over

Oh yeah, come on, take it easy, baby, it’s alright

Birdy Deluxe Superstar

Written By: Nicholas Markos

If I were you and you were me
Is this how you would like to be?
You can't say that it's all right

If you were me and I were you
Is this what I should do to you?
Do you think that's what you'd like?

I've been waiting so long
Please don't make me crawl
Birdy Deluxe Superstar

I've walked the streets of town all night
And come home with the morning light
I can't face the cold at home

I wake up drunk in afternoon
Dreaming of a honeymoon
I don't want to be alone

I've been dreaming so hard
Please don't let me fall
Birdy Deluxe Superstar

And I can't think of nothing else I want in the world
When I dream of love
Super Birdy Deluxe, you're the girl

If boys were girls and girls were boys
Could we cut out all the noise?
Do we have just what it takes?

If girls were boys and boys were girls
Would we know how to change the world?
Do we learn from our mistakes?

Discography

Break Through Overground, 2005
The Theme From Hot Doug’s, 2005

Set List

Typical set is anywhere from 45-120 minutes, with some covers thrown in as appropriate.
Band performs as a rock ensemble, acoustic group, duo, or solo acoustic.